Sunday, August 11, 2013

Icebox Pickles

We are a family that LOVES pickles.  Honestly, pickles are probably one of my favorite snack foods.

Now, I am a little weird about my pickles though.  I only like dill pickles.  My men though like pretty much any type of pickle.  I just don't like a taste of a sweet pickle.  It just seems wrong to me - LOL!

So, when I found this recipe, I decided it was time to try something new.  I knew it might be closer to tasting like a bread and butter pickle.  However, I wanted to give it a try since we are trying to go healthier around here (less processed foods, etc).  

I found this recipe on Facebook.  It was shared I believed though one of the groups I belong to.  It comes from the "Metabolic Cookbook".  You can find it at

Icebox Pickles

6 c sliced, unpeeled cucumbers
1 c sliced red onion
1 c sliced green bell pepper
1 Tbsp celery seed
1 Tbsp salt
2 c sugar
1 c white vinegar

1.  Wash and slice cucumbers.  

I cut mine in slices and then halved those.  I did this because all I had were smaller jars.  

2.  Clean and slice you red onion.  Add to jars.

3. Clean and slice your green pepper.  Add to jars.

4.  In large measuring/mixing bowl (I love mine from Pampered Chef), mix the following:

1 Tbsp celery seed

1 Tbsp salt

2 cups of sugar

1 cup white vinegar

5.  Mix all ingredients together with a whisk.

6.  Carefully pour the mixture over the cucumber mixture in the jars.  Try to divide the liquid mixture evenly between the jars.  NOTE:  This mixture will not fill up the jars.  So don't worry if it only comes half way up.

7.  Finish filling up the jars with water. 

8.  Place the seals and rings on the jar.  Shake the jars to mix everything together.  
NOTE:  I did not hot water bath the seals before putting the lids on the jar.  These are going to be in the refrigerator and not on a shelf.  If I were going to store them, I would have hot water bathed the seals.

9.  According to the recipe, these will keep up to three months in the fridge.  So, since I am going to be making more in the very near future, I labeled mine with the 3 month expiration date.

I tested these last night before going to bed and I was right.  They tested a little like a bread and butter pickle.  However, they had a little more kick than a bread and butter.  I liked them overall.  With that said, I am still going to find me a recipe for an easy dill pickle!!

Hope you enjoy!!

Love to you all from the
Busy Cookin' WV Momma!

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